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Philosophy and Religious Studies

As a student a part of MSU's philosophy program, you will learn to analyze complex arguments by identifying assumptions in classical and contemporary debates and tracing the origins of those views back into the history of ideas.

The program emphasizes flexible, independent thinking. Our graduates are trained to read critically, construct strong and logical arguments, and express thoughts clearly through both speech and writing.

Within the philosophy program, you may choose to place an emphasis on religious studies, taking courses in the philosophy of religion, the meaning of life and philosophy and death.


You may pursue an area or major in philosophy (with the option of placing an emphasis on religious studies). Minors in philosophy and religious studies are also available.

Program Requirements

You must meet MSU's admission requirements.

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website. 

Career Opportunities

Earning a degree in philosophy will also prepare you for entrance into graduate schools for a master's degree, doctoral programs and law school. Philosophy students consistently perform substantially higher than competing students on graduate admission exams such as the GMAT, GRE and LSAT. You may pursue a number of career paths in either the corporate, government (local, state and federal), and nonprofit or independent sectors. 

MSU's  Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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